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26 Feb 2018 - 01 Mar 2018
05 Mar 2018 - 06 Mar 2018

Microbiology

Image: The T2Candida Panel seated in the Stat Drawer of the T2Dx Instrument (Photo courtesy of T2 Biosystems).

Innovative Blood Test Rapidly Detects Candidemia

Candidemia is among the four most common bloodstream infections in hospitals in the USA, and Candida are the third most common cause of infections in intensive care units. The mortality rate among patients with candidemia is 40%. More...
19 Feb 2018
Image: A photograph of the quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) thermoplastic chip (Photo courtesy of Fraunhofer USA).

Molecular Test Device Developed for RNA Viral Detection

A microfluidic, continuous-flow, quantitative reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) system to detect viral RNA targets has been developed and its creator have been working to reduce manufacturing costs and identify potential partners for commercialization. More...
14 Feb 2018
Image: Human papilloma virus (HPV) encased in biofilms inside tonsil crypts (pictured) may explain why the roughly 5% of HPV-infected people who develop cancer of the mouth or throat are not protected by their immune systems. Tonsil crypts with HPV are shown in green; epithelial and biofilm layers are shown in red (Photo courtesy of Dr. Katherine Rieth, MD).

HPV Found Hidden on Surface of Tonsils

Human papilloma virus (HPV), the culprit behind cervical cancer and some forms of head and neck cancer may hide in small pockets on the surface of tonsils in people not known to carry the virus. More...
14 Feb 2018
Image: The Pegasus 4D comprehensive 2D gas chromatography with TOF MS (Photo courtesy of LECO).

Metabolite Biomarkers of Chronic Typhoid Carriage Detected

Detecting chronic carriers of typhoid is of public health relevance in areas where enteric fever is endemic, but there are no routinely used methods for prospectively identifying those carrying Salmonella in their gallbladder. More...
12 Feb 2018
Image: Parvimonas, gram-positive cocci, when found in the vagina increase the risk of HIV (Photo courtesy of Erasmus Medical Center).

Vaginal Bacteria Linked to Higher HIV Susceptibility

Disruptions of vaginal microbiota might increase women's susceptibility to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Advances in molecular microbiology have enabled detailed examination of associations between vaginal bacteria and HIV acquisition. More...
07 Feb 2018
Image: The SteriPath Gen2 Blood Culture Collection System (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Medical Technologies).

Device Leads to Lower Blood Culture Contamination Rates

The use of a mechanical initial specimen diversion device and staff education has led to a nearly four-fold decrease in contaminated blood cultures that was sustained over 20 months. More...
07 Feb 2018
Image: The cobas CT/NG test is an in vitro nucleic acid amplification test for the qualitative detection of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and/or Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG) in patient specimens (Photo courtesy of Roche Molecular Diagnostics).

New Test Allows Simultaneous Processing of Four STDs

A new test allows simultaneous processing of any combination of four separate sexually transmitted infections: Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Trichomonas vaginalis and Mycoplasma genitalium, from one patient sample. More...
06 Feb 2018


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